St. Mary's girls soccer beats Manitou Springs at the last second

(Dan Mohrmann/

The only way to describe Tuesday's edition of the annual rivalry game between St. Mary's and Manitou Springs girls soccer is an emotional roller coaster.

The ride ended when Katie Fowler's shot beat the buzzer by less than a second to give the Pirates a 2-1 overtime win on Tuesday.

Sophomore Julia Creech got the Pirates on the board in the first as Manitou looked tentative in the first 40 minutes. A different team emerged in the second half and the Mustangs were able to get plenty of chances to pull even.

They finally did so when Olivia McKenna perfectly fed Sophie McKewon in front of the net. McKewon's shot got over the head of St. Mary's keeper Becca Dunbaugh with just 37 seconds remaining in regulation.

Manitou rode the momentum early in the first overtime period and went on the attack. But the Pirates were able to settle down. With less than a minute left, St. Mary's took control of the ball at midfield with enough time for one last attempt.

Fowler's shot got by the outstretched arms of Manitou keeper Caroline Maestas. As the net cradled the ball, the horn sounded to give St. Mary's a buzzer-beating win.